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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on September 04, 2018, 12:47:40 PM »
Hi to all!

Sounds like you ladies were busy this past week!  We were on vacation, and it was so needed!  We left on Tuesday and headed down to our youngest son's college.  We didn't get a lot of time with him really.  He had a lot of baseball team responsibilities, and school of course.  We had dinner with him on Tuesday, lunch with him on Wed. and then breakfast with him before we left on Thursday.  We did get a chance to see his dorm room for half a second or so.  It is tiny, but since he is the grad assistant for the team, it is free along with tuition, plus he gets a small stipend in pay.  His attitude is "you get what you pay for", so he is content with it.  It is for a short time, and he appreciates the opportunity he has.

After breakfast, we headed to Richmond Va to see our son & dil.  We spent Thursday through Monday with them.  We saw and experienced quite a bit of the city.  They have a new dog, so they did need to keep up with taking him out and such, but it was good to have a reason that they didn't have to be entertaining us the entire time.  We stayed in a hotel about 5 miles from their place, so that worked out really well.  We saw their new apartment.  They seem to be liking it there.  Although, they talked like they are considering moving.  DIL is not loving her job at Amazon, and I think they are getting ready to settle down, and Richmond isn't that city for them.  It has been good for the time being, but they are wanting to settle in a little closer to her family in the Carolinas.  So, I am guessing they will be moving again soon.  At least after this move, I think they will most likely be in their final destination. 

We arrived home last night around 9pm after about 15 hours on the road.  Didn't run into much traffic, but did come across a couple of downpours that slowed us down a bit. 

Today I have been to grab groceries, and have one load of laundry that needs to go from washer to dryer, and then throw another in.  Still have a few things that I bought that I need to deal with.  Cutting up a watermelon, and cleaning some grapes, stuff like that.  Other than that not much for me. 

We have a gathering to go to tonight.  Not sure if I will go, but I think hubs is planning on it.  I might head over toward the end of it, but I really need to regroup here.  I am really tired from driving yesterday.  I drove the whole way.  Hubs was doing a little work on his computer, but I really drive most of the time. 

Hope all of you are having a good day and unofficial start to fall!  Still hot and humid here, but looks like a break is on the horizon mid week.

Managing a Household / Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on September 04, 2018, 12:29:48 PM »
Good Afternoon Ladies!!
Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Sept. 3, 2018
« Last post by Cheryl on September 03, 2018, 01:59:34 PM »
Jennie, I have never tried that recipe.  I usually use this one when making fajitas -

I have served this in tortillas and as a salad.

Managing a Household / Monday, Sept. 3, 2018
« Last post by gaggleofseven on September 03, 2018, 10:08:29 AM »
Hello! I hope everyone is having a lovely Labor Day. I appreciate all of our hard-working American laborers, and those workers in the past who struggled to improve conditions in our country. We have all benefitted, and I say thank you!

Iím looking for an easy chicken fajitas recipe. I found this one: It looks good and simple, so I might give that a try. Has anyone tried recipes off that site?

Have a great day!
The Cook House / Re: Instant pot turkey breast
« Last post by Cheryl on August 30, 2018, 02:07:53 PM »
I usually donít buy turkey breasts either, but Publix had them 99 cents per pound a few weeks ago. I bought three thinking it was better than paying more per pound for deli meat.  I will be sure to buy more if I see a good sale.

It smelled so good while cooking.  The cats could tell something good was happening. :D :D
Managing a Household / Thursday, August 30, 2018
« Last post by Alice on August 30, 2018, 12:43:07 PM »
Hi everyone,

Did everyone go on Labor Day vacation? Not too many of you around these days.

It's been crazy busy and stressful in my life. I won't talk about it right now but will in a while.

We've been really attempting to use the goodies in the freezer. I don't buy hardly anything right now because:
1. it's too expensive and I'm talking about meat and
2. there's a lot in the freezer to work through

I found a container of chicken stock in the freezer (I see more in there) the other day and made a really good pork chops/rice in the IP. I also used some of the stock for crunchy taco casserole. My son said the pork chops were really, really good. I also don't love pork chops because they can be so dry but these were really good.

I used a 2nd container of stock for chicken noodle soup last night since son is fighting off a sore throat and cough. They really liked the soup also. I honestly don't know how long it was in the freezer because it was way down in the bottom.

This past weekend I dove in the freezer to find some blueberries to make some blueberry jam. I also had some plums from Aldi that were not ripe when I got them and they never did ripen. They were not sweet and were starting to spoil. I saw a small bag of dried apricots in the pantry and decided to make a mixed fruit jam. I needed a bit more fruit so I added in some fresh peaches. I went heavy on the fruit and added more than what the recipe called for. I pretty much used the pectin package instructions as a guide and guessed the rest.  It turned out beautifully and tastes delicious. I love a dollop of jam in my oatmeal in the morning.

I didn't care for the fruit at Aldi so I'll be careful not to buy seasonal fruit there again. Apples and grapes and bananas are fine.

My dad gave me a bag of tomatoes yesterday so now I will work on those to remove the skins and then freeze those as well. But my freezer is still full. Mostly it is new veggies from this year's garden harvest: beans, cabbage, tomatoes. I think there is a lot of chicken broth down towards the bottom and I thought there was more blueberries down there but I could only find one box. My mom gave me some frozen slices of cooked beef. She said dad didn't like it so I she gave it to me. I'm not one to throw food away so we'll just see what I can do with it. I'll probably do something with it in the IP to make it nice and soft.

Tonight we'll have leftovers which would be chicken noodle soup, crunchy taco casserole and some rice and pork chops. A little bit of everything and not enough of anything.

I just might make a cheesecake in my IP this weekend. It will be our anniversary next week and I have some old graham crackers in the freezer that I want to use up. So the crust is the graham crackers and I have 2 cream cheese block in the fridge ready to go and I have all the other ingredients. Maybe some blueberry jam or the other fruit mix jam for a topping and we have our anniversary dessert!

I'm looking forward to a long weekend. I really need it. I'm feeling very tired from stress and I think the ticket is rest.

The Cook House / Re: Instant pot turkey breast
« Last post by Alice on August 30, 2018, 08:46:09 AM »
I have never bought a turkey breast either.

I'm conflicted on turkey. Sometimes I just don't like it and other times it is really good. I pulled out a turkey this summer and cooked it in the oven and it was delicious. I would love to try turkey breast in the IP. Cheryl, I'm so glad to hear it turned out perfectly! I read a rule of thumb that if an item is frozen it takes X amount of time more than a thawed piece of meat in the IP. I can't find that information anywhere. I'll keep looking.

The Cook House / Re: Instant pot turkey breast
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 30, 2018, 06:11:42 AM »
It was perfect!  Falling off the bone tender.

Sounds wonderful! I was just thinking how good turkey sounds. I have never bought a turkey breast before but might have to try that.
The Cook House / Re: Instant pot turkey breast
« Last post by Cheryl on August 30, 2018, 05:59:51 AM »
It was perfect!  Falling off the bone tender.
The Cook House / Re: Instant pot turkey breast
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 30, 2018, 05:53:03 AM »
Mmm--sounds delicious! How was it? Did it come out tender?
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